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timeout in locking authority file .Xauthority

Wrestled with the "timeout in locking authority file" message today. It was a new CentOS 6.4 virtual machine. There was no .Xauthority file to delete as some folks suggests. We updated the system date/time to be correct. And we even changed the SELinux security context for the home folder. But none of that helped. Finally, I found this page:
timeout in locking authority file /home/username/.Xauthority.

Turned out in this case, SELinux has disabled X authority by default. It's "Current mode" is set to "enforcing". You can see this setting using the "sestatus" command. Changing the mode to "permissive" using the "sudo setenforce 0" solved this problem.

In my eyes... More problems caused by excessive security then problems it solves.

Mel
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 04:18:41 +0400

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